Principal/ Senior Piano Instructor/ IB/ Advanced Theory
Music Lifestyle Academy is the brainchild of Kellyn Quek, a qualified teacher of piano and music theory for some 20 years. Among her alma maters are Kingston University in London, from which she graduated with BA(HONS)MUS, as well as Diploma in Music.
Now, besides teaching, she also volunteers her coaching and music arrangement services for the Choir at a non-profit organization and has personally spearheaded numerous performances and fund raising efforts over the years.
As an ardent lover of music and a firm believer in its enriching effect on one’s emotional development and spiritual well-being, Kellyn started this academy with the intention of sharing her passion with those around her, hoping to teach others to think of music not merely as a form of entertainment or leisure, but as a way of life. The aim of the academy is to cultivate a genuine love and appreciation for music that extends beyond examinations and paper qualifications.
As a teacher, Kellyn believes in making music lessons both accessible and enjoyable for her students. Therefore, at Music LifeStyle, one can expect a structured, well-organized curriculum that has been carefully crafted with the goal of providing a holistic musical education in mind, as well as being tailor-made to meet the diverse requirements of all students.
Senior Violin/ Viola Instructor/ Performer
Narine earns her Master Degree from Yerevan Komitas State Conservatory. She began her musical education in Gnessin State Musical College when she was 8, and almost immediately took part in stormy musical life. She participate and became laureate of the the 2nd prize at “New Generation Award 1999” International music competition, 1999 Moscow, Russia, and 1st prize at “Young Talented Musicians of Russia” music competition 2002, Moscow, Russia. With her family, she moves to Armenia in 2002 and entered the Yerevan Komitas State Conservatory in class of famous Armenian violinist and teacher Victor Khachatryan (student of Leonid Kogan).
While studying at the Conservatory she had participated in many national festivals of chamber and orchestral music as an soloist and a team leader and was laureate of numerous international chamber music competitions in Europe and Russia. From 2007 to 2009 continued training at the Graduate School of Yerevan State Conservatory in class of Artashes Mkrtchyan (another student of Leonif Kogan). While studying at the conservatory, she had the opportunity to improve her violin technique and skills in several music academies in Germany and Austria.
During her education Narine played various recitals in chamber halls of Bucharest, Moscow, Saint-Petersburg, Kiev. She also acctively participated in festivals in Germany, Malta, Spain, Armenia, Russia and China. Often invited as a concertmaster of touring festival orchestras, such as “Traveling Notes”, “I, culture Orchestra” etc. In 2014 she was invited to China to Harbin Symphony Orchestra as foreign specialist, where Narine acctively take a part of musical life. She plays chamber music concert series in China at music festivals, such us Harbin Summer Music Festival, Harbin Russian Music Festival, Beijing Chamber Music Festival. Combine with her orchestra and ensemble career in China she had a violin masterclasses in several Colleges and Universities. As an artist of the orchestra she worked with famouse conductors of our generation as Zubin Mehta, Valery Gergiev, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Charles Dutoit, Yang Yang, Chen Xieyang.
She is proficient in teaching for both ABRSM and Trinity Exam Preparations.
Senior Cello Instructor / Concert Cellist/ Composer
Khachatur earns his Master Degree from Yerevan Komitas State Conservatory. At the age of 13 he received a special prize in the Adult Section of the International Music competition “Virtuoses of XXI Century” in Moscow. In 2008, Khachatur won first prize in the International Italian Art Competition 2008 in Napoli. He worked as a consultant at the invitation of the city of Harbin, China, for the performance quality of the Harbin Symphony Orchestra. Having 13 years of experience teaching cello for all levels up to diploma.
Since 1993, he has been award recipient of prestigious music institutions such as the New Names,Aram Khachaturian Foundation and the Vladimir Spivakov Foundation. He considers the cycle of Bach’s six suites for solo cello his specialty and often plays them in one sitting.
Apart from performing, he also actively composes professionally symphonic works, chamber music and orchestral arrangements. One of his more accomplished works would be the arrangement for orchestra of Rachmaninoff’s Preludes.
Senior Guitar/ Recorder Instructor/ Performer/ IB/ Composer
Dominic is a two-time winner of the Yamaha Guitar Festival, in the Classical (Open) section in 1981 and the Pop (Open) section in 1990. He was also the winner of the Guitar (Open) section of the National Music Competition in 1982. While still in his teens, he had appearances on television (with the Yamaha Guitar Orchestra and radio (with his recorder consort, The Pipers’ Guild). After a diploma in music from LaSalle College of the Arts he went on to a BA (Hons) (Mus) from Kingston University, England, majoring in classical guitar.
In addition, he spent his post-graduate year at the Royal College of Music, England, where he obtained an ARCM in Early Music, this time majoring on the recorder. His teachers include Ernest Kwok, John Mills, Jochen Schubert, Michael Schneider, John Sharpley, Carlos Bonell, Elizabeth Page, Philip Thorby, Walter van Hauwe and Philip Pickett. Recordings with local musicians include Mark Chan (‘Nature Boy’, ‘Traveling under the light of the full moon’ and ‘Lear’) and Peculiar Remedies. Other notable appearances include playing recorder in Theatreworks’ ‘Broken Birds’ and guitar on ‘Mortal Sins’, mandolin with the Singapore Festival Orchestra on Howard Shore’s ‘The Lord of the Rings’ Suite and Rodion Shchedrin’s ‘Anna Karenina’. As a composer, he wrote music for local stagings of Arthur Miller’s ‘The Crucible’, ‘Grimm Tales’ and independent film ‘Bipolar’.
Celebrity Pop Singer/ Instructor
Angie Lau ( 刘心玲 ) is a Veteran Singer, Performing Artist, Celebrity Judge, Host and Singing Instructor. She is a multi-talented Public Figure of the Entertainment and pop singing arena, accredited with decades of rich experience under her belt.
Angie was raised from a humble family background and at the tender age of nine, she was groomed into a Professional Singer. Her innate forte and zest for music, path her initial career milestone and created opportunities for her to record and release seven of her own albums in Singapore, Malaysia and Taiwan.
One of her most distinguished professional work is partaking in an International Joint Recording and Charitable Project ( “明天会更好 – Tomorrow Will Be Better” ) in Taiwan. She was cordially extended with an exclusive invitation to represent Singapore and to collaboratively sing alongside 59 Renowned International Singers, from across Asia.
“明天会更好 – Tomorrow Will Be Better” is a song written by Taiwanese Song Writer : Lo Ta Yu – 罗大佑, which was under the inspiration of the Single; “We Are the World”, to help raise money for “World Vision” to render aid to Africa. It was recorded on 15 September 1985 and released on 25 October 1985.
Her career milestone phased into a new chapter in the 1990s throughout the 21st Century, when she embarked on her journey in the Singapore Entertainment & Pop Singing Industry. It is a tough choice and path to undertake, but her resilience, commitment and passion for music is eventually well rewarded. She intrinsically arose as an Iconic Figure in her realm and her fan base grew large and devoted, that she’s notably and colloquially crowned as Singapore’s Queen Of Canto-Pop and merited as the Champion of Year 2018 MediaCorp Channel 8 GeTai Challenge ( Season 2 ).
Angie’s Live-Performances and Collective Repertoires of Canto-Pop and Mando-Pop were widely enjoyed and sought after at various renowned Clubs & Establishments :
- Canto @ Marina South
- Sparks @ Takashimaya
- Club 97 @ International Building
- Europa @ International Plaza
- Devil’s Bar @ Orchard Parade Hotel
- Lunar @ Clark Quay
- Royal Bar @ Resort World Sentosa Casino
- Beyond 97 @ Cairnhill
- Typhoon @ River View Hotel
- Estee @ Clark Quay
- B One @ International Building
- Heaven & Earth @ River View Hotel
- Shanghai @ Marina South
- Singsation @ Plaza Hotel
- NTUC Clubs @ ( Jest ‘D’ Place, J’Spring & Celebration )
- Winner & Champion of Year 2018 MediaCorp Channel 8 GeTai Challenge ( Season 2 )
- Year 2018 Top-10 GeTai Artist ( Shin Min Daily News & Lianhe Wanbao )
- Best Female Artist of Year 2012 Stomp GeTai Award
- 2018年 新传媒 8频道 歌台星力量 兴旺发 ( 第2季 ) 冠军头衔
- 2018年 十大受欢迎歌台艺人 ( 新民日报与联合晚报 )
- 2012年 Stomp 歌台最佳女艺人
Senior Piano Instructor/ Accompanist/ Advanced Theory
Backup by 20 years of enriching experience in the tutoring domain, Daniel has groomed, nurtured and impacted pools of diverse students-from ages 4 till 78. Their aptitude range-for exams(classical, pop), leisure, competitions, auditions, performances and they embrace from all walks of life. My ‘cream of the crop’ students had clinched prizes in the Singapore National Music Competitions and SPAF.
A string of successful milestone achievements occurred-in 1998 through stringent selection, he performed in the Singapore Symphony Orchestra Piano Marathon,2-Piano work. Prior to on international exposure, he had competed strongly in the international Piano Competition of Valsesia in ltaly. Whilst in Germany, he had the rare privilege to study with the world renowned pianist lgor Zhukov.
He has never failed to build strong bonding with parents and students under his tutelage, all along. His strong aim is to provide a solid holistic learning experience that cultivates not only music competence, but also love, enjoyment and appreciation of classical to contemporary music.
Quite remarkably, Daniel had recreated an unique, unorthodox method to the art of piano practicing. It has been tried and tested; proven to save much time!(no books have written on this yet!!)
He reiterates that the learning journey should not direct too much emphasis on ‘bagging’ all the exam certificates. But rather, exploring and exposure to wide array of concerts, competitions and different styles and genres of music which is the hallmark of a true musician and pianist!
Outside of work, he catches time with his family and friends.
Senior Piano/ Theory Instructor
Miss Susan has been teaching in music Schools for 20 over years. After completing Grade 8 Practical and Theory, she studied at La Salle College. She also obtained her Professional Teaching Certification of Licentiate Trinity College London (LTCL-Teaching).
Her broad-based love for music education, pedagogy has brought her to attend workshops in the US, as well as constantly upgrading herself through attending seminars. Her love for children, preschoolers is evidenced in her short stint at NUS Child-Care Centre.
Besides teaching, she also does piano accompaniment for instrumental exams, ballet. It is her aspiration to inspire students not merely love for music or as pianists but rather all-rounded musicians.
Serene Chua Ying Ying
Piano/ Theory/ MEP/ IB Instructor
A graduate from NTU(Nanyang Technological University), Serene holds a degree in Education as well as Piano diploma. Having full grade 8 in both ABRSM Practical and Theory is a very passionate and experienced teacher for both individual and group lessons.
Miss Serene is aims to pursue LRSM and FRSM in the near future. Being a passionate music educator, she is proficient with the ABRSM , Trinity and Music Elective Programmes (MEP) from her past experiences in teaching music at CHIJ Saint Nicholas Girls’& St.Andrew’s Secondary Schools.
A Mechnical Engineering graduate from NUS (National University of Singapore), Alexander has been playing violin for over 20 years and holds LTCL, ATCL, ABRSM Grade 8 Practical, ABRSM Theory Grade 8, Suzuki Violin Level 6.
Alexander aims to pursue FRSM at some point in the near future. Passionate and student-centric, he is proficient in teaching various syllabi such as Suzuki, ABRSM as well as Trinity Guildhall.
Performer/ Harmonica Instructor
A multi-talented harmonica player, Steven currently plays lead at the Singapore Broadway Harmonica Ensemble. He picked up harmonica in 1975 during secondary school days. He plays the chromatic harmonica, tremolo harmonica, bass harmonica as well as chord harmonica.
In 1977 he joined Rediffusion Chinese Drama, and in 1982 he became the group instructor and Assistant Conductor for their Group harmonica Orchestra . In 1984, he joined Hainan Association Harmonica Orchestra and started to do score arrangement for the orchestra and also responsible for leading the percussion section. In the year 2005, he became a soloist and he played “ Endless Love” at the Victoria Theatre and in 2006, played as lead soloist for “ Butterfly Lovers Concerto” at Esplanade Concert Hall.
He received many compliments for his superb playing skills. Among his achievements comprised 1st Place in Harmonica Orchestra Competition for 2nd APHF(Malaysia) in 1998. In 2005, he represented Singapore and won a champion with Gold Award in HangZhou(China) INT Invitation Orchestra Competition. He is also the Champion with Gold Award NHC(Singapore) for Chromatic Solo in year 2008.
Having the 1st position Lead Player, he also actively arranges Harmonica music scores. In 2014, Steven co-wrote ‘Harmonica Method Book 1’ with Ms Kellyn Quek (Principal, Music LifeStyle) to simply and enhance harmonica learning methods.
Steven has performed many classical pieces, such as ‘Besame Mucho’, ‘Hora Staccato’. He also collaborated with World Class Violinist & Pianist Dr. Ayke Agus as well as Nicholas Quek (pianist) in performing ‘The Swan’ for ‘Future & Hope Charity Concert 2015’ at the Victoria Concert Hall.
Wei Xin Ng
Marketing & IT Support
A psychology graduate and counselor in-training, Wei Xin hopes to eventually use art, play and music in helping people cope with the daily grind and life issues. Besides, he had also achieved a full ABRSM grade 8 certification in both practical and theory exams.
Apart from his endeavours in the social services, he has an intrinsic liking for creativity. He has dabbled in designing collaterals such as banners and event shirts for various concerts and camps . Being on board the Music LifeStyle team has given him ample opportunity to further this passion in designing for Marketing and Digital Media.